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Turning houses into homes : a history of the retailing and consumption of domestic furnishings

Author: Clive Edwards
Publisher: Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2005.
Series: History of retailing and consumption.
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"With a comparatively wealthy and socially mobile society, eighteenth-century Britain proved to be a fertile ground for ideas of home improvement and beautification, which were to persist to the present day. Turning Houses into Homes not only maps the history, changes, development and structure of the retail furnishing industry in Britain over three centuries, but also examines the relationships between the retailer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Edwards, Clive, 1947-
Turning houses into homes.
Aldershot, England ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2005
(OCoLC)654660259
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Clive Edwards
ISBN: 0754609065 9780754609063
OCLC Number: 56450032
Description: viii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. The development of a consuming culture --
3. The rise of the retail tastemaker : eighteenth-century furniture and furnishing retailing and distribution --
4. From being to well-being : the growing demand for comfort and convenience in the eighteenth-century home --
5. The retail revolution : the response to the demands from the nineteenth-century consumer --
6. Consumption, identity and everyday life : nineteenth-century homes and their importance in society --
7. Twentieth-century retail responses : from mass to niche marketing --
8. Changing visions of the ideal and the real : the consumption of home furnishings in the twentieth century --
9. Conclusion
Series Title: History of retailing and consumption.
Responsibility: Clive Edwards.
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